District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2014-08-19
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports finished up ATV Instructor Training with US Border Patrol. Rest of week was spent in court with a fishing case from last fall and Ontario moose case. Bear baiting calls were handled as were other animal complaints (wolf, deer, and bear). Fishing activity on Rainy Lake continues to be busy with cooperative weather.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities over the week. Fishing remains very poor with little observed being caught. Forest roads were checked and public access sites monitored. Computer work is ongoing.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking on fishing and boating activity throughout the week. The weather was nice and a few bass and pan fish were biting. Calls related to the upcoming hunting seasons were returned.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, invasive species enforcement and ATVs. He also responded to ATV and PWC complaints and worked Lake Vermilion. The officer assisted the State Patrol with traffic control on a semi blocking two lanes of traffic and the Hibbing PD with two juveniles huffing substances in a city park. The officer arrested an individual with a gross misdemeanor arrest warrant, while working out of the boat. A frightened weasel was seen imitating a flying squirrel and took a jump off the edge of a 20 foot bridge. Enforcement action was taken on angling license and invasive species violations, ATV and state trail violations, and numerous boating and personal watercraft violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Virginia about new laws, the upcoming deer season and common violations and appeared in court to testify concerning a boating violation. With nice weather, area lakes were busy over the last weekend. Violations such as operating unregistered watercraft and insufficient PFDs were encountered. Loud boat complaints continue to come in from numerous lake shore owners on Lake Vermilion. CO Frericks met with several owners of loud boats and tested their exhaust systems after they had them worked on to make them quieter. CO Frericks urges owners of loud boats to contact him and arrange to have their boats tested with the decibel meter to find out if their boat exceeds the limits.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked a Lake Superior detail out of Two Harbors/ Silver Bay area with violations of no Minnesota angling license or trout stamp found. Fredin worked a boat and water detail in the vacant Ray station on Kabetogama and Namakan Lakes with WREO Arhart. Bear baiting activity was checked into.
International Falls # 2 - vacant.
Ray - vacant.
Tower - vacant.